Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news The end of men, in 1870. A medieval new England. How herpes became a sexual boogeyman. Artificial intelligence has a gender problem. The photographer who x-rayed Chernobyl. How today’s queer artists are revising history. How male bias in medical trials ruined women’s health. Study… Read more →

A Very Lost Cause Love Affair; or, Is It Possible to Write a Good Civil War Romance?

Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you: I love romance novels. Seriously — after signing up sort of as a joke, I fell hard for Audible’s Escape Package and binged books about everything from Vermont apple farmers to Regency wallflowers. And while some people might want their escape reading to be as far… Read more →

More than Accomplices: The Crimes of Hitler’s Female SS

The names most commonly associated with the Holocaust are undoubtedly Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Eichmann, and, of course, Adolph Hitler himself. Modern society tends to attribute the worst crimes of Nazi Germany to the murderous SS and their collaborators. The notoriety of these famous faces makes it seem that men were solely responsible for… Read more →

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The Case for an African Magneto: African Experiences of Torture and Oppression during World War II

The internet broke in August when Zack Stentz, the writer of X-Men: First Class, tweeted that he wanted Giancarlo Esposito to play a reimagined Magneto. Stentz proposed that Esposito’s Magneto could be a Tutsi man who survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide and became a different version of the classic character featured in the X-Men comics,… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news How to avoid “inspiration porn.” The Upjohn pharmacy in Disneyland. Barrier-free ghost hunting at Gallaudet. Pumping milk through polls and protests. How local TV made “bad” movies a thing. The whistleblowers of the My Lai Massacre. When flagellation was a national obsession. Writing queer… Read more →

Colonial Politics are Reproductive Politics: A Review of Brianna Theobald’s Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

This year, a panel of experts on reproductive health in Indigenous communities gave a briefing to Congress asking for, among a host of other demands, the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. The panel argued for more attention toward the effects of such restrictions on Native people amid a flurry of abortion bans that limit reproductive… Read more →

The Universal Basic Income and the Myth of the Housewife

A recent article by Amber A’Lee Frost in Jacobin magazine argues that presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s proposal for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) would be bad because the US had already tried a version of it, and, as an experiment, it was an abject failure. According to Frost, the people who last received a UBI… Read more →

FBI Files and Historical Practice

My undergraduates are always horrified to learn that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) once tried to convince Martin Luther King Jr. to kill himself or else it would release damning evidence of his extramarital affairs. The FBI’s letter to King is exemplary of the contentious relationship between the Bureau and social justice activists and… Read more →